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Cane Hill - Historic Washington Co - AR
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Monday, October 23, 2017

The Dark Lake (Gemma Woodstock, #1)The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Allen & Unwin Publishers for the opportunity to read Sarah Bailey in her debut novel The Dark Lake: Gemma Woodstock, #1

If you love a fat book, well-written, with complex characters I recommend this for that 'hunker-down-cold weather-burrow and reading.'

Author Sarah Bailey centers the story in New Wales, Australia. Protagonist Gemma is an imperfect but strong woman and detective who loves her son, but balks at marriage with her long-time live in lover.

I had a phonebook of suspects through most of the novel and am still scratching my head at the artistic twists and changes that kept me off balance and the away from the trail of the killer.

Wow. I look forward to more from Sarah Bailey.

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Hush Money (Hush Money Mystery #1)Hush Money by T.E. Woods
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House for the ARC Kindle e-book of Hush Money: Hush Money Mystery #1 by T.E. Woods

Sydney a fearless and determined entrepreneur opens two restaurants in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. Her mother worked in the food industry all of her life and both of their lives were changed by the death of Sydney's father who was a police officer.

Although the opening night of both restaurants; one fine-dining (Hush Money) and the attached (Ten Ten) cop bar are a hit with the community, it turns murderous.

As the main suspect in the homicide of the Mayor of Madison, Sydney is tossed into a mixer of intrigue and mystery, finding clues and friendship in unlikely places.

Will Sydney lose everything including her freedom? Will her father's old buddies in blue turn out to be friends or foes?

The first in a series, the writing is good, subplots move the story along, building the narrative and setting the reader up for a wild and twisty ride.

I have recommended this for our library collection and in reader's advisory.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Promise Not to TellPromise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you, Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for the ARC novel Promise Not to Tell: Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #2 by Jayne Ann Krentz.

Virginia Troy and Cabot Sutter survived leaving a dangerous cult when they were young children, but now they are thrown together and must reveal terrible secrets which have remained buried.

Is the infamous and homicidal cult leader alive? Who can be trusted? Will the nightmare ever be over?

Virginia and Troy suffer from the trauma which took their parents lives and almost burned them alive. Will they keep the dark secrets from their violent past?

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

When They Come for You (Harper McDaniel)When They Come for You by James W. Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How Much for That Chocolate in the Window?

"Truth is stranger than fiction," and sometimes the only way to tell harsh truths is via the vehicle of fiction.
Harper; powerful, world-traveled, photographer female protagonist embodies the top notch ideal of "hitting like a girl" and creating justice from the deepest scorn. Excellent read. I will not stop thinking of this story, nor Harper's ragtag, dangerous family. Chocolate is central to this novel. Africa, the Ivory Coast. What our cravings cost others. Corporate corruption.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Kind NepentheKind Nepenthe by Matthew V. Brockmeyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Many thanks to Matthew V. Brockmeyer for the ACR Kindle e-book of Kind Nepenthe.

Matthew V. Brockmeyer is a skilled writer who immediately brought to mind Dean Koontz first novels, John Saul, and Bill Schwiegart. I look forward to future works by M. Brockmeyer.

Marijuana has been in demand since the beginning of life. It was not until prohibition against the 'kind nepenthe' that growers and sellers were forced underground, out into the mountains, and hidden amongst the Red Giants of Northern California.

This novel is horrible, and mysterious, fantastic and filled with the supernatural.
The characters which Mathew V. Brockmeyer have created and penned in this page-turner are three-dimensional. The spirits who haunt this story are so realistic I felt a cold shiver when first reading about Spider.

This is no feel good story with a happy ending, but a brutal, horror story which takes place amid the lifestyle of those who have little choice but to pick their jobs from resin coated, crystalline buds and the often times dirty business which makes only a few millionaires.

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